Really?! | The Cut Shoppe

I recently attended a 12 hour crop at a local scrapbook store with a friend of mine and it was actually one of the first times in almost 2 years that I’ve scrapbooked a 12×12 layout without my camera recording. It was an odd feeling. I almost felt guilty for scrapbooking & not recording it for my YouTube Channel…how weird is that?! Videos have become such a large part of my process that I was actually contemplating whether or not I should use these layouts as Design Team projects because I didn’t have a video to correspond. But I ran out of time to make anything else & decided to share them! HA!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Summer Vibes Cut File & the Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

This first layout from the crop that I’m going to share uses the palm leaves from the Summer Vibes Cut File. One of my favorite summer collections right now is the Pebbles Patio Party Collection so it seemed fitting to use it with this layout. There are a lot of brown tones in that collection and it paired perfectly with my 2 photos I used on the layout.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Summer Vibes Cut File & the Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

I sometimes feel restricted or unmotivated when I attend crops because I don’t have all of my supplies on hand (even though I ALWAYS overpack!) & the creative environment is just so different than when I’m sitting in my normal craft space. When that happens I like to let the products speak to me. I loved the diagonal design of the Scattered Posies Patterned Paper and decided to use that as the basis of my layout. I splashed a little yellow on the background, and then using my Cricut, I cut 2 palm leaves from the Summer Dreams Patterned Paper. I tucked the palm leaves under my photos and then used Die Cuts and the 3D Flowers from the Patio Party Collection to embellish.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Summer Vibes Cut File & the Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

These photos crack me up…well more the bottom photo than the top photo. I remember this age so vividly. It was like pulling teeth to get this kid to look at the camera and smile at the same time. I had to take every photo at least two or three (okay, maybe five) times to get a “good” one. It felt so frustrating in the moment, but looking back at it now…those “bad” photos are my favorite. It captures so much of his personality at that age…what 3 or 4 year old has time to pause and look at the camera?! HA! I came across these photos in a box in my craft room & just laughed out loud. Who would have ever thought these photos would now be some of my favorites?! I knew my title needed to be something to that effect. I know we were at the zoo when I took these photos, but the story I wanted to tell didn’t have anything to do with the zoo. It had to do with what I was feeling the moment I found these photos years later. I used the Alphabet Thickers from the Crate Paper Wild Heart Collection to spell out the only title that seemed fitting!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Summer Vibes Cut File & the Pebbles Patio Party Collection.

I also printed a few lines of journaling using my computer & printer and adhered them to the page in the same diagonal fashion. I actually really like that the journaling almost looks hidden within the text print of the background paper! For final touches I stamped a few sentiments from the Stamp Set from the Crate Paper Good Vibes Collection & added a few Black Color Shine splatters.

I love that The Cut Shoppe always seems to have a cut file perfect for all of my layouts and how I turn to them over & over again! Remember to visit the Etsy Store to check out all of the cut files and to post your layouts in The Cut Shoppe Scrap Spot Facebook Group so you can see what you’re creating!

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Patio Life | The Cut Shoppe – August Challenge

We’ve started something new and fun in The Cut Shoppe Scrap Spot Facebook Group!! Each month a different Design Team member will host a challenge, and I’m kicking things off this month with a Go Big or Go Home Challenge (use a cut file in a large way on your project).

It’s simple to enter the challenge…all you have to do is create a NEW project that fits this month’s theme and you have to use at least one cut file from The Cut Shoppe (it can be from the Etsy Store or a freebie that you’ve picked up from the TCS Blog). After you’ve created your project be sure that you head to TCS FACEBOOK GROUP and upload your project in the August Designer Challenge comments. You have until August 31 at 8:00 AM CST to upload your project. One person will be drawn at random and will win 5 FREE cut files from The Cut Shoppe!

Now onto my project…

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

I used the Full Circle Cut File and sized it to 10.5″ in Cricut Design Space. I cut the circle on white cardstock, but knew I wanted to alter the color. So before I removed the circle from the Cutting Mat I grabbed a few acrylic paints, including Dylusions Periwinkle and a few others from my stash. While the cut file was still on the cutting mat, I used a Rubber Brayer and added multiple layers of paint until I got the right color combination. I love how it turned out…it matches the periwinkle color in the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection perfectly!!

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

I then machine stitched the cut file circle to the Happy Life Patterned Paper which I’m using as my background. This is my favorite paper in the Simple & Sweet Collection and I love that so much of it can peek through the open semi circles from the Full Circle Cut File. Next I started embellishing…

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

I added a Puffy Sticker & multiple Die Cuts horizontally across the cut file. I also positioned a Frame over my photo to help draw more attention to the photo. I was also in the mood to stamp so I stamped a few florals from the Fleur 1 Stamp Set and colored them using watercolors. I didn’t realize until after I had already purchased this stamp set that it has Matching Dies! I have since purchased them! HA! I used the White Puffy Alpha Stickers for my title, Patio Life. (PS: I think these may be my new fave alpha of all time!!! The size is perfect, the font is awesome & they are puffy! Need I say more?!)

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

12x12 scrapbook layout for The Cut Shoppe using the Full Circle Cut File & the Pinkfresh Studio Simple & Sweet Collection.

Now you can take a look at my Process Video to see how this layout came together!

 

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me & remember you have until August 31 to get your project uploaded in The Cut Shoppe Scrap Spot Facebook Group! We can’t wait to see what you create!

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